Alavar cites law against hospitals refusing patients sans initial cash PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 14:29

After receiving complaints from some patients against certain private hospitals of not accepting them without putting down payments during emergency situation, District 2 Councilor Miguel “Mike” Alavar III has sponsored a resolution asking hospitals to administer appropriate medical attention on emergency patients with or without cash for down payment.

In the radio program “Hecho de Zamboanga” aired over DXKZ Wild 91.5 FM, Alavar explained said that private hospitals should not practice the “no accepting of patients without down payment” policy as there is an existing national law, Republic Act 8344, that penalizes the refusal of hospitals and medical clinics to administer appropriate initial medical treatment and support in emergency or serious cases and amending Batas Pambansa 702 that prohibite the demand of deposits or advance payments for the confinement or treatment of patients in hospitals and medical clinics in certain cases.

Alavar’s resolution was addressed to the city health office thru the City Mayor asking to require all hospitals, medical clinics and similar medical institutions operating within the territorial jurisdiction of the city to observe the said law.

In the resolution, Alavar said that private hospitals are required to post a photo copy of the Republic Act 8344 in the emergency rooms.

Alavar said he came up with the resolution after receiving some complaints from emergency patients and their relatives against certain hospitals refusing to accept their emergency patients because they cannot produce an advance down payment despite the critical health condition of the patient.

“What if a motorcyclist not carrying cash while driving alone and suddenly met an accident along the way then there were helpful residents who rushed him to a private hospital which is the nearest one from the accident scene and that hospital doesn’t accept patients without advance payment, so what would happen to the victim? Instead he would get well, he might get more serious or even he could face death,” Alavar said.

The city councilor added that patients are entitled of medical attention in any emergency situation in any of the hospitals private or public. 

Alavar reminded the management of private hospitals against violating the above-mentioned law or face sanctions and penalties if they are foundguilty for not accepting emergency patients.     

Alavar’s resolution was unanimously approved by the city council. – Dan Toribio Jr.